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UK maternity services: audit finds wide variation in birth complications

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l5568 (Published 13 September 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5568
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Birth complication rates and neonatal outcomes vary widely among maternity services around the UK, show clinical findings from the National Maternity and Perinatal Audit.1

Lesley Regan, president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said, “National initiatives to improve maternal and neonatal care are making impressive headway to ensure services are as safe and personalised as possible for women. But this report highlights [that] marked variation in standards of care persist, particularly around birth complications, such as severe perineal tearing and obstetric haemorrhage.”

The audit analysed the clinical care and outcomes of …

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